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Imperia Korva Marcello wrote:
And I have an unwilling, subservient blood-donor on hand. Consequently, it's really just the dagger that needs to be worked out...

You generally need to pay for things you find on an adventure, even if you kept them afterwards.

On the other hand i think slaves go for 30-100 gold and are a legal purchase.

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Aaron Motta wrote:

Yes and no.

I absolutely agree that you can earn the same amount of gold by employing creative solutions. However, the presence of some items on the chronicle can be impossible to explain when you reason your way through the encounter. Unless, of course, you managed to rob everyone with whom you speak... ;-)

That exact possibility is covered in the guide.

Additionally, if the PCs roleplayed past
an NPC who carries a specific potion or scroll that
the PCs might be granted access to on the scenario’s
Chronicle sheet, don’t cross that item off the sheet—
instead, allow the PCs to find the item elsewhere
as a reward for creatively resolving the encounter
without resorting to combat.

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Its been a while but I did read Demonic Males . The authors of that one went on for a bit about the bonobo and its differences from the other chimps

The Bonobo is both an evolutionarily recent development from when the congo split the species and they're living in chimp paradise so they don't have the same need to fight over anything with other tribes. I don't know if whoever wrote that blurb ever read Demonic males, but from what i recall they or my Animal Behavior professor hardly seemed to support female monogamy as natural. I believe he put it "Marry a republican then sleep with a democrat to diversity their genetic stock portfolio."

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schattenstern wrote:

Doesnt "Paths we Choose" Count as Special or am I mistaken?

I believe then they made it not a special so that everyone could get to play it they made it not a special for every purpose.

So that 5th star effectively has a pretty hefty convention requirement.

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Tacticslion wrote:
... which is actually a really cool an interesting psychological topic, Shifty. Dang it. Now I need to think about that for a while.

Thinking about it for 89 years would be a good start...

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Step 1: Buy property.

Step 2: Build house

Step 3: Murderate the dungeon.

Sheesh you people over complicate this.

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90% of the time, not looking/not caring.

9% of the time Looking at what you have, headscratch, shrugging.

1% of the time. "AH! Doesn't exist! What are you trying to pull!?"

Here. Have a block of salt. You'll need it.

Ultimate equipment has

Gilded demon skull for 300 gp. If you pay 300 gp a human skull has got to be cheaper. If not you're a pathfinder. How long could it take before you come accross a skull? That was totally like that when you found them.

A ruby valued at Ruby, small 500 gp +2d4 × 100 gp so you should be able to just add that to the cost of the dagger. Given that going rate for gems i don't think a ruby blade would be feasible.

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Quark Blast wrote:
Durngrun Stonebreaker wrote:
You do know that Pathfinder is not real life, right?

Yes, but JJ's argument is a Simulationist argument so it applies here; so I quoted his authoritative statement.

I just thought it was funny (in the ironic sense) and apt. He is after all making the same argument that others find repellent - even the ones who've read Plato and apparently didn't understand him. :)

Of course I didn't understand it. It was all greek to me.

ow ow ow put the lamp dow ow ow ow YOu made it too easy! ow ow ow behold the violence inherent in the system! ow ow ow ow

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Quark Blast wrote:

And I'm saying that the people worth educating don't need a social policy cocoon.

Why? Because the ones that need it aren't worth educating?

Plenty of smart driven people get turned off by a pointless education system. Plenty of smart driven people just don't have the time and money to go to college

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MMCJawa wrote:
For those who worry that college will be seen as "high school +", again this attitude is already present.

Its not the attitude of employers/the public I'm worried about so much as the reality. Paying a lot of money to get something that doesn't add any real value to the person seems kind of pointless. I realize this is already happening but can't see any reason to have MORE of it.

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Growing old: required.

Growing up? Optional.

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Quark Blast wrote:
My argument is that you cannot educate people beyond their abilitie

No one is arguing against your tautology. What people are saying is that the segment of population for whom "the fries the limit" is such a small percentage of the population that you don't build social policy around them.

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Phosphorus wrote:
Mattastrophic wrote:

It is my understanding that the goofy appearance is what balances out the power of the item. Wearing one makes it apparent that you're a Pathfinder and not, you know, a normal person.

-Matt

Since when have Pathfinders managed to look like normal people?

[Wednesday Adams]They're homicidal maniacs. They look just like everyone else[/Wednesday Adams]

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LazarX wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:


That was directed at Obama and our alleged left.

America has a Left? That can't be Obama, whom like Clinton, is pretty much to the right of Nixon. If someone thinks Rachael Maddow and her crew are Leftists, that's only in comparison to the insane polarization that Fox has taken itself over the last couple of decades.

I did not say that the allegations or the people making the allegations had any credibility. :)

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However, given the SRD language, I'm not sure how a proximity trap with a 3D 20' radius Alarm spell-like trigger could ever be directly disabled before tripping it (which is the whole point of the Alarm spell analogue - no saving throw and no spell resistance...and not even incorporeal are immune). But, that being said, there are other alternatives to a PC tripping it that would facilitate detection/activation (initial, at least), etc., such as:

Much like you defeat a laser detection system by screwing with the lasers, not the emiter, you futz with the magic field itself.

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No.

Welcome to the commie society of absolom. You are awarded the same amount of money whether you kill, capture, or just talk your way through the encounter.

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Fergurg wrote:


Oh, so the government only takes away the money that would stop me from purchasing food. Explain how that is fundamentally different from taking the food that I bought.

No tresspassing involved

Your cheese is still in the fridge when you go to make a sandwich
You don't get food poisoning if the government goon didn't wash his hands

Your objection is to taxation, which is absurd. Stop it, really. There is a genuine case to be made for conservatism and smaller government but the hue and cry of "the government is ripping food out of my childrens hungry mouths!" any time they tax you drowns out any points you might be making when you're not crying wolf.

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I do not call myself a progressive. I know that its principles are fundamentally flawed.

That was directed at Obama and our alleged left.

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Shae'ura-Drae wrote:
Aldori dueling blade wouldn't be bad either, but I am pretty much envisioning a Swash/Magus (Eldritch Scion archetype) kitsune with a katana. Or maybe a Vishkanya instead of kitsune.

Just envision a katana, the artists certainly did with the dueling sword and its associated feats.

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Fergurg wrote:


Should the government also come into my house and take food out of my fridge to help feed the children of parents who didn't buy food?

More like should the government use the sales tax from food to pay for a food stamp program.

And my answer is the same to both: if you're going to call yourself a progressive knock it off with the regressibe fundting. On the other hand it beats not doing it at all.

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Or just start addressing him as Glorious Leader?

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Duration: Plot

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Bad seed Belgian abby hard cider

Slightly watery, VERY, very dry taste to start. Burnt rubber after taste.

tastes like something i made in microbiology class

and not the time we tried making beer.

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thejeff wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:
Quark blast wrote:
Educating kids beyond their INT is like giving me course work on quantum theory - it's a demonstrable waste of time and money. However well intentioned.
Right, but for all but a few people that have severe handicaps there's something thats not beyond their int that will give them a better life than burger flipping. They might not design their Flipsomatic robot replacement but they can learn how to fix it.

Somebody's got to flip the burgers. Or do all the other menial tasks.

We need to make that not a horrible life. I mean, it's a horrible mind-numbing job no matter what. We don't have to compound that by also making people doing it live in poverty.

It shouldn't be a horrible mind numbing life it should be a horrible mind numbing few years you get to complain to your grandkids about.

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Quark blast wrote:
Educating kids beyond their INT is like giving me course work on quantum theory - it's a demonstrable waste of time and money. However well intentioned.

Right, but for all but a few people that have severe handicaps there's something thats not beyond their int that will give them a better life than burger flipping. They might not design their Flipsomatic robot replacement but they can learn how to fix it.

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Merm7th wrote:
Is there any way to give a hunters animal companion reach in pfs? Spell, magic item, feat?

Which critter? Some of them come with it

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Quark Blast wrote:


But just giving away a college education won't make a poor below-average-INT person any more capable outside the burger and fries arena.

There is a vast swath of humanity in between flipping burgers and quantum physics that can learn carpentry, masonry, high school councilor, cnc mlling, hvac basic computer operations, 3d printing, art, vet tech, contracting, commercial driving... good paying jobs that can get you respect and don't have a higher death rate than being a cop.

I think the larger problem is that the people in power simply don't need these jobs to be here. They're perfectly fine with the intellectual property and money being in america while the manufacturing and production arms of the economy are overseas where the labor is cheap, gets shot if they get uppity, and can wallow around in the factories air pollution and like it.

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Ferious Thune wrote:
I don't believe there was an errata. I think people just forget it works on instantaneous potions and only remember that it doesn't work on potions with longer durations.

*backfoot headscratch*

If the potion’s duration is measured in rounds, the wearer can activate the coat as a swift action to gain the potion’s benefits for 1 round, repeating as desired each round until the potion’s entire duration has been used.

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Like a lot of other things, its mostly a source of humor.

In our skull and shackles campaign the ships were named "The morning after" and "the walk of shame"

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Hallelujah we have the monsters in the back!

And the rest of the scenario was awesome too.

Finally, andorans get to be andorans. No more of this filing building permits and planting rose gardens. Rousing the rabble and leading them to glorious FREEEEDOOOOM! through the bodies of slavers.

I'll re read the scenario latter, but I didn't quite catch how the party is supposed to get to the slave market and meet up with these particular gnolls to be taken to the slave master. ( I had the captain of ship that brought them there Pass the Groetus cleric a tip to take his high quality Aasimar and others to the south docks, pen 6)

One curve the party threw at me was just outright buying the three slaves at the start. Definitely gave significant bonuses for dealing with the halfling.

Since the party successfully maintained their cover (barely) I thought they kept the chest with them?, so when they were ready to kick down the door they did it in gear.

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Katisha wrote:


Real life
Judge: "I noticed that you didn't bring pizza to the game again Bard... -4 on the Diplo rolls!"
or maybe
Judge:"Wow! Snickerduddles! Bard get's a +4 circumstance bonus on his Gather Info checks!"

looks left. Looks right

[chelaxian truth] I would never impose that penalty[/chelaxian truth]

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How is adding a +- 2 circumstance penalty, that is explicitly listed as a rule, breaking the rules?

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Core rulebook, page 403

One handy rule to keep under your belt is the Fiat Rule—simply grant a player a +2 or a –2 bonus or penalty to a die roll if no one at the table is precisely sure how a situation might be handled by the rules. For example, a character who attempts to trip an iron golem in a room where the f loor is magnetized could gain a +2 bonus on his attempt at your discretion, since the magnetic pull exerted by the f loor helps pull the golem down.

I throw bonuses at my players far, FAR more often than penalties. Usually for RP.

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N N 959 wrote:
No. The GM is not allowed to invent BS reasons to penalize characters without some basis in the game.

Unless BS is actually a problem, say at a fancy party.

Would probably add 2 to your disguise check to pass as a farmer though

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Don't sweat it, happens all the time.

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Swiftbrook wrote:

Try solving a mystery at a table when no one who has the right knowledge or social skills.

(OK Back On Topic)

Dominate person "Did you do it?"

"No. master...."

Drat, sure it was him. Dominate the other one

Did you do it?

"yes master..."

Good. Now write out a confession , dig a grave, put oregano on your head and smack the druids crocodile.

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Speaking of encumberance... Darkleaf cloth. Halves the weight of leather armor much like mithral does (but doesn't make it a lighter catagory, probably because most leather armors are already light) and raises the max dex bonus by two- which you probably coulduse if you dumped strength to pay for all of that dex.

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Buy an aldori dueling sword. Its the best game expression of a katana out there.

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If you ask around millenium games they might know.

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N N 959 wrote:
1. I disagree that a GM in PFS is authorized to impose a Diplo penalty for not bathing/coming out of a sewer, barring a specific instruction from the scenario to do so.

Pathfinder rules allow a wide latitude in assigning circumstance penalties to skill checks. As part of the pathfinder rule set they are part of the pathfinder society rule set.

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Dazing channel clerics. Two times around, daze the entire dungeon.

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ArtelSriven wrote:

Going back to the 5' step discussion for a moment:

If "Tricky PC" decides to ready "attack and 5' step back when attacked" what is stopping the BBEG from moving (or double moving) up to base the PC and just not attack.

BBEG has just wasted one round of what is , at best, his 4 round life.

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The "TPC" then has to make the decision to either keep his readied action or do something else such as withdraw.

Tricky keeps his action.

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If he maintains his readied action the BBEG then declares full attack... the first attack misses due to the "TPC" attacking and 5' step, but then the BBEG uses his 5' step and unleashing the rest of his full attack.

Which, unless the big bad is a whisk or a velociraptor, puts the bad guy at 1 attack at -5 and 1 attack at -10 for an 11th level character.

Just a thought.

Tricky has avoided 1 and a half rounds of BB attack at pretty much no cost.

At most pfs level, the big bad only has 1 attack.

Once you past thhose levels rocket tag sets in and combat only lasts 3 rounds tops

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deusvult wrote:


Technically, yes, a GM can rule/adjudicate that an efficient quiver (or any magic item) doesn't work up to full effectiveness under certain circumstances.

No. They can't. They're breaking the rules. your argument is that DMs can break the rules whenever they feel like it and thats not the case. Its no different than just adding monsters.

Your argument is that something that someone can demonstrate to you, in real life, is so unrealistic that you are compelled to

Ignore the rules of the game
Render a character ineffective in the middle of combat
Make up a completely unneeded house rule
and most importantly ruin someone's night.

Your argument is absurd. It is not nearly good enough to do that. There is NO call. No justification and no REASON to do that. No. You are not allowed, you are breaking campaign rules and you are doing it just to be a jerk to someone.

People have to move from game to game under a consistent set of rules. That's one of the rules of PFS. You cannot throw random curve balls at players just to limit their effectiveness. Thats no different than saying "Well you couldn't pull a weapon and move that far so your barbarian doesn't get to attack this round"

How the heck does arcane bond work in your games where you'd have to pull out any 1 of 100 spell component items?

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deusvult wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

Color code the fletchings. Or just put them cold iron on the left silver on the right. There' NO reason to make up your own house rules to nitpick players into uselessness, especially with something that treats the character as an idiot. Chances are pretty good you're firing all of the same arrow at someone. If you reach to your left hip to shoot a blunt arrow at skeleton 1 you're still going to be reaching to your left hip for shots 2 and three. You might have to switch ammo ONCE during your shooting.

Most of the time, you'd be right. Making the player keep track of how the character knows what arrow is where is more usually trouble than it's worth.

However, some of the time, to the GM it's worth the downsides.

And in those times, the efficient quiver comes to the player's defense.

And why can't the DM just say that the efficient quiver doesn't work in this case? If you say that it does and he says that it doesn't who wins? The DM.

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deusvult wrote:
BigNorseWolf wrote:

Arrows come with a quiver. You can stab someone with all 50 at once, they'll be fine.

Really, why do people keep trying to shill the efficient quiver? It simply doesn't add any real advantage.

It does when you have some GM (perhaps like me) who'd tell you that if you want to pull a specific arrow type out of your many quivers of 50s or 100s of arrows, it'll take more than a free action to draw and load b/c of all the rooting around you'll have to do to get the exact arrow you're looking for.

Color code the fletchings. Or just put them cold iron on the left silver on the right. There' NO reason to make up your own house rules to nitpick players into uselessness, especially with something that treats the character as an idiot. Chances are pretty good you're firing all of the same arrow at someone. If you reach to your left hip to shoot a blunt arrow at skeleton 1 you're still going to be reaching to your left hip for shots 2 and three. You might have to switch ammo ONCE during your shooting.

Dealing with different types of ammo for different targets was something archers did all the time

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LazarX wrote:


If you think that's bad, remember that typically women pay more for getting less in the areas of clothing. My spouse used to complain about that frequently before he transitioned to wearing male clothing.

Because its tailored. I pay more for a watch than a spoon even though they have the same amount of metal in them. The 11 dollar potato sacks I call a shirt can double as a Bedouin tent but likewise don't require a whole lot of manufacturing.

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LazarX wrote:
Joynt Jezebel wrote:
LazarX wrote:
First time I ever heard about the issue was from a NYC "Man's Rights" group which put for the notion that manspreading is as essential a right as breastfeeding. (Something which had been a focus of heated debate some years past.)

Surely this is an exaggeration. Hopefully they are not serious.

They most certainly were. Manhattan's a big tent, so we get all kinds parking under it.

Isn't a big part of being a man NOT asking for directions?

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Sissyl wrote:
So bigger people should just suck it up and pay more for clothes, shoes, food, etc etc etc?

Extra x's DO cost extra $.

Trust me. I am not small norse wolf.

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Mackenzie Kavanaugh wrote:


Actually... the exact opposite was historically a genuine problem, where restaurants, knowing that there is an inherent variation in the size of steaks and other such food portions, would intentionally give the smaller portions to female patrons, while charging the same amount. I witnessed this happening countless times while growing up, and unlike my mother, refused to put up with it and would often complain, especially when it was clear that the portion I had received, for ordering the exact same meal as my father, brother, etc, was only 2/3 the size.

Use the 10% discount you got from your car insurance and get 2.

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Arrows come with a quiver. You can stab someone with all 50 at once, they'll be fine.

Really, why do people keep trying to shill the efficient quiver? It simply doesn't add any real advantage.

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Benjamin Falk wrote:

Yeah, yeah, yeah. And then you go and check what´s actually in that handy haversack. Just to find some unsheathed daggers or similar stuff next to things that don´t really fit in there or would destroy it....:D

Swords and whatnot come with the appropriate sheath, its one of the reasons the weapon weights are absurdly heavy for something you could swing without getting a hernia.

Cost: This value is the weapon's cost in gold pieces (gp) or silver pieces (sp). The cost includes miscellaneous gear that goes with the weapon, such as a scabbard or quiver.

This is why I'm really wary of DMs who play "Godtcha!" to mess up players. Chances are pretty good there's another rule somewhere that stops something really bad from happening.

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